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 Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment Mission

To continuously improve student learning by systematically communicating what students will learn, engaging in multiple forms of inquiry about what and how they learn, and making changes based on results.

The intention is to improve learning and answer these key questions:

  • What do we want our students to learn?
  • What does learning look like?
  • How do we know what our students have learned?
  • How do we respond to student learning data?

Program Assessment Liaisons (PALs)

Program assessment liaisons (PALs) are faculty and staff acting as the link between the assessment office and the department or program. For more information, consult the frequently asked questions.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Demonstrate competence in a major field. (Knowledge)
  2. Construct, implement and apply knowledge from instruction and experience. (Knowledge)
  3. Think critically and creatively in seeking solutions to practical and theoretical problems. (Thinking)
  4. Use ethical reasoning to make informed and principled choices. (Social Responsibility and Self-Realization)
  5. Demonstrate self-knowledge across a range of developmental areas. (Self-Realization)
  6. Communicate effectively through writing, speaking and interpersonal and group interactions. (Relationships)
  7. Apply understanding of cultural differences in diverse environments. (Social Responsibility)
  8. Contribute to local, national and global communities in which they live. (Social Responsibility)
  9. Apply life skills to succeed in college and beyond. (Life Skills)

Student Learning Assessment Guidelines

If you have comments or questions about student learning assessment please contact:

Julia Williams
Faculty Coordinator of Assessment
(218) 726-8630

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